Our Family - Two mums

5-year-old Henry introduces us to his home life with his Mama, Mummy and little sister, Sophie.

Two mums

Meet 5-year-old Henry. Henry introduces us to his home life with his Mama, Mummy and little sister, Sophie. He shows us his family dynamic and we see how his mums love and care for him and Sophie.

The Notes below are taken from the complete Teachers' Notes document.

Learning objective

To demonstrate the love and care that same sex parents give to their children.

Key questions

Before the video

  • Can you describe any families which look similar / different to your family?
  • Who is in a family?
  • How do parents show that they love and care for their children?
  • What kinds of different things do parents do in a family?
  • What kinds of things do different people do together in a family?

During / after the video

  • How do Henry's mums care for him and his sister in different ways?
  • What different things do Henry’s mums do with Henry and his sister?
  • How does Henry’s family show that they love and care for one another?
  • Does having two mums make a difference to the love and care in Henry's family?

After the video

  • Do all families have a mummy and a daddy?
  • How is Henry's family similar to / like other families?
  • How does your family look similar and different to Henry’s family?
  • Who loves and cares for you in your family?
  • How do they show you love and care?
  • What do different people do together in your family?

Suggested activities

  • Gather a selection of diverse images showing a range of different types of family - eg from books, films, TV programmes, magazines, etc. Ask children to discuss any differences or similarities between the families, and any similarities or differences to their own families.
  • Ask children to create a ‘recipe for a happy family’ using different feelings and behaviours that they have identified. Ask them to choose five ‘ingredients’ to make a happy family. Would these ingredients still be the same however a family looked? (Use the images to help if necessary - eg would the ingredients apply to a family with two mums / dads as well as one with a mum and a dad, or with just a mum or dad, etc?)
  • Make a class list of all the things that families might do together, or ask children to identify the people in their families with whom they do certain things.
  • Play ‘Find someone who’ bingo by asking children to find someone in the class whose family has particular similarities and particular differences.

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